DHUBRI: Dr. Saradindu Banerjee, a philanthropist, and recipient of Presidential Award breathed his last at a private nursing home in Coochbehar at 8.30 am on Wednesday. He was 63 and leaves behind wife, a daughter, host of family members, friends and well-wishers.
News of his death cast a pall of gloom in the town. Hundreds of people thronged his residence in ward no 4 of Dhubri town to pay floral tributes. Dr. Banerjee was a man who penned over 15 books, over a hundred plays, acted in them and remained associated with a number of socio-cultural organizations. He was an ardent social worker known for his charitable works in society for over 50 years. He was the leading man behind many cultural shows, book fairs, children’s fairs and many other conferences and conventions in Dhubri district.
Prominent among the organizations Dr. Banerjee was associated with are Sabujer Aasar, Netaji Birthday Central Celebration Committee, Nikhil Bharat Bango Sahitya Samilan, and Dr. Panna Lal Oswal Memorial Committee. He himself founded a socio-cultural and social welfare organization - Chetana over a decade ago and headed the organization as president till his death.
Former Principal of BN College, Prof Girindra Nath Goswami, after paying floral tribute, said that Dr. Banerjee’s demise had created a big void in the cultural arena of Dhubri and was a huge loss. “Only yesterday I met Dr. Banerjee at the nursing home in Coochbehar and had a talk with him. He was recovering from the cardiac attack that he had a few days ago. But all of a sudden his condition deteriorated and he left us,” said JP Mazumdar, a long-time associate in the street plays and cultural activities.